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Corporate Counsel

DATE:  Jun 3, 2021
CITY:  Columbus
BRAND:  Designer Brands
REQ #:  111268
LOCATION NAME:  Home Office, Columbus

General Summary

We are seeking a highly motivated and energetic corporate counsel to join our legal team. This associate will serve as the primary lawyer responsible for counseling the business on a broad range of commercial transactions, with a heavy emphasis on structuring, drafting and negotiating contacts. The ideal candidate will have extensive knowledge of public company securities filing requirements and experience preparing such filings, experience with complex domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, and significant experience negotiating commercial contracts. Experience with intellectual property laws and/or real estate commercial leases is a plus.


Reports to: SVP, General Counsel 


Essential Duties & Responsibilities

• Prepare and/or oversee the preparation of and reporting of all SEC and NYSE obligations.

• Draft and negotiate general corporate and commercial contracts including new vendor supply agreements, significant service agreements and possible international franchise agreements, master service agreements, software licensing and development agreements, marketing, ecommerce, strategic alliances and/or joint venture, professional and hosted services, market research and technology and marketing contracts.

• Perform due diligence and contract negotiation in connection with potential company mergers and acquisitions.

• Provide legal advice and support to DSW partners regarding compliance with all applicable laws and/or regulations, such as DSW’s Health and Welfare benefit plan administration, and newly any implemented laws pertaining to DSW’s business operations.

• On a daily basis, provide practical business to DSW partners; identify opportunities to minimize risks and process improvements and efficiencies.


Required Skills & Competencies

• Adept at providing practical business solutions and strategic advice. Understands the big picture to constructively challenge the status quo, generate new ideas, and encourage change.

• Strong ability to learn DSW’s business, including understanding financial performance metrics, and solid understanding of DSW’s risk appetite.

• Ability to efficiently identify, assess and prioritize risk, and manage risk accordingly

• Customer focused, team oriented, dedication to working with and through others to exceed the expectation of the customer (internal and external).

• Highly adaptable and manages change effectively.

• Manages for results. Able to efficiently manage a variety of projects in timely, efficient manner.

• Simplifies and processes complex problems, understands underlying issues and addresses root causes, analyzes quantitative information and presents it in an effective way, seeks input from others and makes timely decisions.

• Strong interpersonal and relationship building skills.

• Excellent written and verbal communication skills and demonstrated ability to influence others.

• Models and supports DSW’s values of passion, accountability, collaboration and humility.



• Minimum of 5 years’ experience, preferably working with a public company or a mid to large sized law firm.



• Licensed to practice in at least one state, preferably Ohio

• JD


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Why Choose A Career with Designer Brands?

Empowering associates and building strong teams poised to disrupt the retail and footwear landscape through positive change is at the core of who we are at Designer Brands.

  • Invested in helping our associates learn, develop, achieve and grow into strong leaders
  • Shared commitment to creating a culture fueled by engagement, excitement, optimism and fun
  • Dedicated to giving back and community involvement 

About Designer Brands:

Designer Brands Inc. is one of North America’s largest designers, producers and retailers of footwear and accessories. 

  • Designer Brands Inc. operates a portfolio of retail concepts in nearly 1,000 locations under the DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse, The Shoe Company, and Shoe Warehouse brands and operates leased locations in the U.S through its Affiliated Business Group. 
  • Designer Brands designs and produces footwear and accessories through Camuto Group, a leading manufacturer selling in more than 5,400 doors worldwide. 












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